This is a beautiful piece of history, and knowing that it still serves as a place of healing for those with psychiatric issues is very meaningful. A walk down the pathway from the gate takes you past the iris beds that Van Gogh painted. There are copies of his paintings on stands where he painted them - just in front of the grounds are the olive trees from one of his works - amazing to see them! Visitors can see the artist's room and look out the window he also looked out from over a lavender field and garden. Placards have English descriptions and snippets from some of the many letters he wrote his brother, too. In the gift shop visitors can purchase paintings created by current patients as part of their art therapy and many are really quite good (I purchased one in fact). Just a short walk away are two enormous Roman monuments - a mausoleum and the archway that served as the entrance to the city.- amazing that Van Gogh never painted them! They are in remarkable condition.
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